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'The Handbook of General Practice 4th Edition', co-authored by Dr Hazel Everitt from the University of Southampton, was awarded highly commended in the Primary Health Care section at the BMA book awards on 3 September.

The BMA Medical Book Awards take place annually to recognise outstanding contributions to the medical literature. Prizes are awarded in 21 categories, with an overall BMA Medical book of the year award made from the category winners.

The Oxford Handbook of General Practice 4th edition covers everything a doctor needs to work in, or manage a GP practice, ensuring readers are always up-to-date with the latest guidelines, the most recent protocols, and cutting-edge clinical information. With concise, bullet-point information the chapters are now colour-coded to ensure the reader can find vital emergency or clinical information without delay. The handbook acts as a practical guide to all aspects of general practice; from vital clinical information, to valuable practical guidance from experienced GPs. Written by GPs for GPs, the handbook contains practical guidance, with clinical and emergency sections clearly marked for rapid access. It also includes web links on the relevant guidelines and online resources. All sections of the handbook have been revised in line with the new clinical guidelines, management practices, the GP Curriculum and changes to the GP Contract. (Taken from OUP catalogue:

The BMA book awards programme summary stated: “This is an excellent summary of general practice. It’s easy-to-use, fits in a bag, and enables a student, new GP or older GP to find the necessary information to support diagnosis and treatment quite easily. It confirmed to me that I was up-to-date across the range of general practice. Its weakness is in missing important changes relating to changes in general practice organisation in the last 12 months. This is an excellent summary of what is necessary to know about general practice but is unfortunately already out of date in some areas relating to GP contract changes."

Chantal Simon, Hazel Everitt, Francoise van Dorp and Matt Burkes – Oxford University Press, March 2014 ISBN: 9780199671038